Drug and Alcohol Worker

  • Base/Location:Njernda Wellbeing Unit, 34 Annesley Street
  • Reports To:Wellbeing Unit Team Leader
  • Hours:37.5hrs per week (Full Time)
  • Award:As per ACCHS Award
  • Position Scope:

    This position is to work with clients to overcome various identified Alcohol & Other Drug issues.  To provide assistance which is based upon a harm minimisation approach involving health promotion, education, referral support, and developing strategic plans for early intervention and prevention.  The AOD Worker will partner with the client in the individual treatment journey and in conjunction with the above methods will provide appropriate flexible support.


Organizational Values


Respect Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
Accountability Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
Resilience Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
Advocacy Working to transform the disadvantage and challenge that causes impact on our community
Cultural Sensitivity Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement



Key Responsibilities
  • To provide assessment, referral and case management of program participants.
  • To engage and actively support Aboriginal people involved in high risk behaviours that may result in risk of mental illness and significant psycho social distress.
  • Advocate on behalf of client whenever required.
  • Facilitate group activities for identified clients if or as appropriate.
  • Conduct ongoing education for staff members.
  • Develop partnerships with other mental health providers.
  • Evaluate programs and services by collecting data using qualitative and quantitative methodology.
  • Foster a strong team spirit within the organization.
  • Participate in general staff, team and planning meetings.
  • Work as a team member.
  • Represent the organization at conferences and public speaking engagements if appropriate.
  • Represent the organization and/or community in forums outside the agency (e.g. on panels, on Committees etc.) if appropriate.
  • Participate in ongoing training and development.
  • Always ensure the confidentiality of client information.
  • Maintain appropriate data and program and client records.
  • Prepare reports as directed by Medical Manager at intervals.
  • Other duties as directed.
  • Act, at all times, in a professional manner in accordance with the policies and practices of the Corporation.


Key Selection Criteria

Applicants must possess:

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in the delivery of culturally appropriate prevention, early intervention, care treatment and recovery initiatives related to the delivery of Aboriginal mental health support services.
  • Demonstrated understanding of drug and alcohol issues and the culturally appropriate care and or treatment of these.
  • Demonstrated ability to be proactive in the development and implementation of mental wellbeing policies and programs through knowledge about the concept of community-controlled healthcare and holistic health care practices in Aboriginal communities.
  • Demonstrated capacity for best practice in the case management process, including clinical liaison, crisis intervention, follow up care and client advocacy.
  • An ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people and handle issues in a sensitive manner.
  • An ability to advocate on behalf of individuals and families.
  • Familiar with the primary mental health care environment.
  • Familiar with the local health / medical environment.
  • Experience in co-facilitating groups.
  • The ability to maintain records and manage time effectively and efficiently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of a multi-skilled team.
  • Work with discretion and observe confidentiality and privacy provisions.
  • Sound computer skills.


Commitment to Safety

All children have the right to be children and live free of abuse and neglect, so they can grow, learn, and develop. Everyone within Njernda is responsible for ensuring a culture of child safety; preventing child abuse and abiding by the Child Safety Principles


Qualifications And Experience

  • A current Victorian driver’s license
  • Police check and working with children’s check is a requirement of this role
  • Qualifications in Alcohol and Other Drugs or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience working with adults and families in the AOD Sector
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating groups, meetings and seminars


Other Relevant Information

  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working With Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety principles and practices is required
  • You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.


To be Eligible for an Interview

The Applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume.

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To:             Corporate Services Manager

Njernda Aboriginal Corporation

P.O. Box 21 Echuca Vic 3564

Email         jobs@njernda.com.au

  • Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.
  • Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time. Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).

All applications close: 21st Apr 2023

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